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Penetration Testing

Penetration testing enables an organisation to proactively evaluate the security of their infrastructure

It serves to highlight areas of vulnerability to hacking and malware attacks. These vulnerabilities are then tested to gauge whether unauthorised access or other malicious activity is possible. To see how they can be exploited, subsequent tests are applied to other internal resources with the aim to incrementally achieve a higher level of security clearance.
Penetration testing is an effective way of testing the efficiency of a system’s defence mechanisms. This is achieved by actively testing whether the measures in place can be sidestepped by potential attacks.
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Why Conduct Penetration Testing?

Manage vulnerabilities
Penetration testing proactively identifies security threats which could be exploited by hackers or malware attacks. These vulnerabilities can then be assessed to identify which are critical, which are less urgent and which are false positives. Organisations can then strategically tackle the issues in order of importance.

Stay compliant
The reports generated from penetration testing are an ideal foundation for organisations in addressing auditing and compliance regulation. This provides evidence of an attempt to maintain the required level of security control. It is increasingly important for organisations to avoid non-compliance and the substantial fines set out by the GDPR.

Avoid network downtime
Security breaches and recovery from a security breach can cost an organisation in many ways. Not just the costs to remedy the breach. Penetration testing aids the avoidance of these financial risks by proactively identifying areas of vulnerability to security breaches which can be remedied before they are exploited.

Customer loyalty and corporate image
When customer data is compromised, it’s big news and it attracts a negative image to a brand, tarnishing a company’s reputation. Customer retention costs are rising so it’s increasingly important not to lose the hard work invested to earn customers by letting your security measures slip. Penetration testing helps avoid breaches that impact on a company’s trustworthiness.

How frequently should I conduct Penetration Testing?

An organisation should conduct penetration testing at regular intervals to ensure any new threats or developing vulnerabilities can be highlighted and dealt with. At Inspired we wold recommend quarterly tests but at a minimum once every six months.

Penetration testing should also take place when these events take place:

 THE ADDITION OF NEW NETWORKS AND APPLICATIONS

UPGRADES TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS

SETTING UP NEW OFFICES

THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW SECURITY PATCHES

THE MODIFICATION OF END USER POLICIES

A successful penetration testing program allows IT and network systems manager to draw strategic conclusions about their system’s defences. It enables them to prioritise remedial actions on those areas most at risk.

Penetration tests take the form of either automated or manual processes which attempt to find security flaws in Servers, Endpoints, Web Applications, Wireless Networks, Network Devices and Mobile devices, amongst others.

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